The United States Department of Justice has charged eleven Nigerians indicted in alleged online fraud, identity theft and money laundering.
The Nigerians were charged on Wednesday in connection with their involvement in laundering millions of dollars in proceeds derived from business email compromises and romance fraud schemes.
The suspects’ indictments were unsealed by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams and the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Secret Service, Patrick J. Freaney.
The Justice Department identified the suspects as Adedayo John, Oluwadamilola Akinpelu, Kazeem Raheem, Morakinyo Gbeyide and Warris Adenuga, Smart Agunbiade, Lateef Goloba, Samsondeen Goloba, Olawale Olaniyan, Olawoyin Peter Olanrewaju and Emmanuel Oronsaye-Ajayi.
The defendants were accused of allegedly utilizing a myriad of fraud schemes, including romance scams and business email compromises, to defraud over 50 victims in excess of $9 million.